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He is listed at 6’3” and his weight goes up and down between the 275-315 pound ranges. He is a solid athlete for a defensive lineman when his weight is down. When conditioning and weight management are issues for a player, you have to question their desire. Do they truly love the sport? That is what many NFL personnel were asking about Edwards. Coming into the draft he was projected to go in the 3rd or 4th round, so going early in the second had to be a pleasant surprise. The Raiders could use all the help they can get on defense and when motivated Edwards can be a good player. It is always risky to gamble on a player such as Edwards but Oakland must have ignored the downside and thought about the potential he possess. He has the tools to be a good defensive tackle in the NFL. With his size he can be a good run stopper and if he controls his weight he could also help in the passing game some. Frankly the second round was too early to gamble on a player who lacks motivation. If he was already unmotivated to play football, then how will he act when he gets a big payday and feels secure?
The bottom line is that there are far too many questions regarding Mario Edwards to evaluate how he can contribute to the Oakland Raiders this season. The first step for him is to work himself into good shape and find the love for the game of football. If those things happen, he can be a good player down the line.
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